The Indian food in Malaysia is fantastic. I may even say it’s my favourite food here. Although, before I do I must throw some love at the Malay dishes char kway teow (an amazing stir fried noodle dish) and assam laksa (a rich and spicy noodle soup) both more than delicious. The Indian food though…
Kuala Lumpur – A must.
4 months in and I love it here. I’ve seen, eaten and done quite a bit but there’s still more to do. I thought I’d share my must see/eat/do so far by explaining what sites filled my days (and stomach) when I had two months of visitors during December and January.
What should you do in Kuala Lumpur if you have two months of visitors?
Day 7 – An Educational Day at the Supermarket
I love going to the supermarket abroad, in search of different items they sell. Some things unusual to me but normal to everyone else wandering the aisles.
I’ve never lived in an Islamic country before, I spent a very short holiday in Dubai once but we didn’t leave the resort never mind consider visiting the local supermarkets. This is my first experience of living in a place where…
Day 6 – Pan Mee
Day 6 was all about pan mee.
What’s that? I hear you say. Pan mee! Pan mee is a noodle dish which originates in Malaysia.
All I want to do is cross off as many Malaysian must eats as possible and this one sounds like a good’en.
At the pool my head’s buried inside two Lonely Planets, one Berlitz book and a couple of KL Timeout magazines searching for…
Day 5 – 1st Saturday in KL
It was exciting to get to the weekend, nearly recovered from jet lag and raring to explore the city I could see from my balcony. But first, to the pool!
It’s such a treat to live somewhere with a pool AND one that’s…
Day 4 – Hello Jalan Alor!
Two things that really make me think of South-East Asia are incredible, mind blowing beaches and crazy/noisy/food filled streets.
In Kuala Lumpur I’m obviously not going to get the incredible beaches (I’m leaving that for the east coast islands of Malaysia, hoping to venture there after the rainy season ends) but I am definitely, 100% going to get crazy/noisy/food filled streets. And that’s what I got on…
Day 3 – My Local Mamak
At around 3am on day 3 I realised I couldn’t sleep, I’d been hit with jet lag. After an hour or so of Instagram, Twitter, Facebook stalking and the Guardian I dozed off until the sound of the sleeping teacher’s 6am alarm woke me up, again.
I dragged the duvet over my head and into the lounge to join the now awake teacher for his morning coffee/Whatsapp/news/BBC sport routine.
Later in the day I napped, a dangerous move when trying to adjust to a new time zone, the ridiculous humidity clearly adding to my dopiness. I forced myself to wake up by unpacking. The main ground rule was do not sit down…
Bakeries rule, especially in Argentina.
Glorious snow capped mountains, endless hiking trails, lakes, vineyards, wine tasting, whales, red meat, jam-packed BBQs hanging from giant hooks in the ceiling, Summer and Winter weather days… these are all the things that attracted me to Argentina. Little did I know that I would leave the country after two months with an addiction to dulce de leche and an enormous love for their baked goods.
I’ll go anywhere for food…(not prison).
The best thing about travelling has been seeing what everyone else eats, what do people queue for or reserve or slaves over the hob for? If they are doing all those things it means it’s good, possibly amazing. From tiny snails at a Taiwanese night market to the biggest steaks you could lay your eyes on in Argentina, I’ve been there to try it… more than once.
One of the reasons I absolutely love travelling is being able to sample the local cuisine. I was lucky enough to have an assortment of fantastic food experiences whilst I travelled South-East Asia (more on that in my Food Glorious FOOD section). Living in Taiwan for two years allowed me to taste lots of Taiwanese and Chinese food, as well as their take on Western staples. It was all fabulous (well 99% of it, Taiwanese Italian….no thanks) but all the food was interesting and definitely more delightful than painful.